Arm wrestling champ to change image of sport

Aroha Treacher
  • Te Tai Rāwhiti

He hiahia tō te toa mamau-a-ringa a John Leach ki te whakahou i te hākinakina nei ki Aotearoa. I whakaritea e ia te karapu mamau-a-ringa Lock n Drop i Tūranga Nui a Kiwa kia whai kāinga i waho atu i ngā paparakauta.

He pō Taite i Turanga Nui a Kiwa, nā, kei te whakangungunu tahi ngā tāne o te karapū, Lock n' Drop.

Ko tā Leach, “Arm wrestling is a great sport and it's real extreme and it's real explosive and it comes with hard work anyway trying to get your arm bent back all the time.”

I tēnei hākinakina ehara ko te rahi o ngā uarua te mea nui.

“There's a lot of technique that goes with it so it's not just brute power,” tā Leach

Engari kē ko te rautaki, tēnei e whāia nei.

Ko te whakatairanga i te mana o te mamau ā-ringa tā rātou hiahia, kāua i ngā tāne anake engari i wāhine hoki.

Hei tā Kaimamau-a-ringa Darlene Hohipa, “Look at me I'm only little, like 58 kgs and I give it a go against the boys and they're like 100kgs I try my hardest but I still get amongst it.

Ko Leach te tuarua i Aotearoa mō tōna reanga taumaha, i upoko pakaru rā tōna whiu kia tipu matomato ai te hākinakina puta noa i te motu.

Hei tā Leach, "Why am I so passionate about it? I've always liked arm wrestling because I've always like to test a mans power in their arm, so it's all about power."

Ka whakatūria tō rātou whakataetae tuatahi hei te 26 o tēnei marama ki Tūranganui a Kiwa hei te 3 karaka.